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Patrick Fort

Arts & Culture Reporter

Patrick Fort grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, nurturing a love for ice hockey and deli sandwiches. After moving to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado to study music, Patrick discovered his love for journalism. In 2013, Patrick created and hosted the award-winning radio program Colorado Stories, a news program that covered CU and the surrounding community. An avid mountain and road cyclist, Patrick also referees youth ice hockey. He loves '60s pop bands and and trying new recipes ranging from milk-braised carnitas to flourless cakes.

Jess Worley is a Carbondale resident who grew up going to Mountain Fair. As she grew up, she learned to play bluegrass guitar. In 2010, her father, Bill “Willy” Worley, disappeared in the mountains near Redstone, and he was never seen again.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is now Carbondale Arts. The name change comes along with rebranding of social media accounts and an upcoming new website.


Carbondale Arts came about after the town became a certified Colorado Creative District which entitled it for state funding for the arts. The group’s executive director, Amy Kimberly, was at the helm for this achievement.


The group will also be forming a governance council in September, with members being chosen by Carbondale Arts.


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All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts gathered over 1000 signatures to show support for a request to allow the group to move into an empty library space in downtown.


Multiple groups are vying for the space including at one point, the Frontier Historical Society.

The society’s executive director Bill Kight said at a city council meeting last week that he had retracted his proposal.


Curated - July 25th

Jul 25, 2016

  Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness performs at the Belly Up on Monday. McMahon is known for his work in Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate.


The film, “Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise” is being shown on Monday by Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute.


Hairspray is being screened at the Aspen Art Museum on Wednesday.


Gipsy Moon plays at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs as the summer of music continues.


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The famed playwright and author David Sedaris is set to perform at the Wheeler Opera House in November.


Sedaris is the author of multiple books including, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. He’s also known for his appearances on the radio show “This American Life”.

Sedaris sold out the venue when he performed here last.

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Sam Harvey is an artist and co-owner of Harvey/Meadows Gallery in Aspen. Since coming to Anderson Ranch as a college student in the 1980s, he has done many things. He taught at the ranch, he opened his gallery and now sits on the Board of Trustees at the arts center.

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Radha Garcia grew up dancing and playing music. When she was just five years old, her mother put her in a flamenco class.

Aspen Film screens the movie “He Named Me Malala” on Monday. The film details the life of  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai … a girl who was targeted by the Taliban in Pakistan.

Buckethead performs at the Belly Up on Tuesday.

Vid Weatherwax plays the Sunset Sounds series at Glenwood Hot Springs.

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ summer of music continues on Wednesday. Andy Frasco and the U.N. performs at Two Rivers Park.

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Lynn Goldsmith’s “The Looking Glass” exhibit continues at the Art Base in Basalt. The show features wildly distorted self-portraits, in which Goldsmith contorts her body. Some photos look pastoral — others are straight out of a Tim Burton Film.

Art nonprofits up and down the valley are handling interns in different ways. The Aspen Art Museum typically tries to work with locals who might be staying with family or who are home from college for the summer.

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Jonathan Moore is a three-time Aspen Music Festival and School student. The 23-year-old viola player plays his instrument in one of the new practice facilities at the Bucksbaum Campus up Castle Creek.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Aspen Junior Hockey each won a $7,000 grant last week from First Western Trust.

Curated - July 11th

Jul 11, 2016
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There was a red ribbon to be cut at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Aspen Country Day School’s Bucksbaum campus yesterday.

Curated - July 4th

Jul 11, 2016

  The Aspen Music Festival and School is holding a dedication of the Bucksbaum campus on Monday.


Tuesday at the Aspen Institute Campus, is the McCloskey Speaker Series. Steve Case, the founder of AOL, will be in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.


Attend a Skype book club meeting at Explore Booksellers on Tuesday.


Paper Bird plays in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.


Maurice LaMee was always a theatre guy. Even from his childhood, he was able to express himself on stage better than he could as himself.

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The book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, is a strong point of motivation for Tony Lewis. It’s also a strong area of contention. Lewis found the book in his mother’s bathroom.

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This year’s festival starts on Aug. 24 at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features over 40 films including, “Almost Sunrise”, the story of two Iraq war veterans who walk across the United States.


“I think our lineup is as stellar as it has ever been,” said Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler.

The festival ends on Sunday, July 30, with the film “Million Dollar Duck”.

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Alejandro Cerrudo is a Chicago-based ballet dancer and choreographer. This summer he is bringing yet another composition to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. “Little Moral Jump” is a ballet that is very much one of Cerrudo’s. It allows dancers to break out of ballet standards, and achieve Cerrudo’s goal of surprising the audience. It’s not the first time he’s worked in Aspen though.

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Art non-profits up and down the valley are currently campaigning for votes from community members as they compete for a  $7,000 grant from First Western Trust.

  It’s Independence day...If you’re not watching the great action movie of the same name, or seeing the sequel. Check out fourth of July events up and down the valley.


Aspen Film is screening the film “Weiner” on Wednesday. It follows the scandal of politician “Anthony Weiner”.


Dave Jordan plays on Thursday’s Snowmass free concert.


The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s summer performance opens on Friday.


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Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. They spoke about healthcare and how drug and medicinal research can be changed.

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Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, visited the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. PBS is currently trying to advance digital initiatives like NPR is, with a focus on its online presence, as well as implementing more streaming options.

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Aquil Charlton brought a shopping list with him on his flight from Chicago to Denver, including tape, vinyl tubing and some soup cans.

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The first ever Wild West Fermentation Fest starts later this week in Glenwood Springs, featuring 30 beer and spirit and cider makers from the West.

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John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, spoke about the fight against violent extremism at the Aspen ideas festival yesterday.

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Diana Ross and Sheryl Crow filled the 2,000-seat Benedict Music Tent on Friday and Saturday respectively.